It was eye-opening to start painting landscapes in the heart of Bucks County, where Bucks County Impressionists Edward Redfield, Daniel Garber and William Lathrop were part of a colony of artists that worked together. The museums in Doylestown and New Hope have these wonderful paintings that are a celebration of nature and landscape that introduced me to a whole new world. Moving from one place to another affects life and art life; the light is totally different, for one thing. My New York paintings are blue with neutrals and grays. Now that I’m here in the country in Pennsylvania, I’m opening up to color. Moving to Bucks County affected me so I could look at bigger and brighter colors of nature.
Once we moved here, I started to pursue fine arts even more. After a long time of primarily being a figurative painter, I began going out and painting en plein air. Over the past few years I’ve come to know a number of illustrators who have returned to their fine art roots many from New York as well who’ve had careers similar to mine. I paint and draw with these artists on a regular basis and am greatly influenced by them as well.
Why did we move? My wife Emily and I were living in an apartment, rent was going up, etc. It was time for a change. We started looking in New York, but the Internet opened the search up. Our jaws dropped when we saw the difference in prices between, say, a place on Staten Island and in Bucks County. There are definitely things we miss though; we’re still New Yorkers.
George Thompson, who recently showed more than 30 paintings at the New Jersey State Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, is now the director of drawing services at Mixed Media in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and continues to run weekly life drawing and painting sessions. He is represented by Sabine Rose Gallery in Doylestown.
To see some of George Thompson’s work and hear his story, see the November issue of The Artist’s Magazine, available on newsstands and online October 9. To take a look at his work, visit www.georgethompsongallery.com. To see Emily Thompson’s work, go to www.ethompsonstudio.com.